Episode 12

Senator Declan O'Scanlon (R) on NJ State Legislature Dynamics, Pandemic Response, 2021 Full Year NJ State Budget, Federal Cares Act Funding, Cannabis Legislation, and more.

Senator Declan O'Scanlon (R) represents the 13th district of the New Jersey State Legislature and has since 2018. Senator O'Scanlon sits on a number of critical committees including, Budget and Appropriations, Community of Urban Affairs, and Law and Pubic Safety. Prior to becoming Senator, O'Scanlon was elected to and held office in the NJ Assembly since 2008. Senator O'Scanlon joins us to discuss the following, and more!

Senate Dynamics, New Jersey State Budget, Federal Cares Act Funding

  1. Dynamics between the Senate and the Governor's administration, specifically throughout the pandemic.
  2. The challenges and opportunities related to being in the minority party in in the Democratic led legislature.
  3. Analysis of the FY 2021 New Jersey State Budget and Federal Cares Act funding received by New Jersey.

Recreational Cannabis Legislation and Applicable Bills (Current Status)

  1. Details on the Senate Bill currently being heard and reviewed by the Senate Budget Committee.
  2. Views on primary intentions and goals of and what the current Bill does not address.
  3. Views on municipalities and local government officials responding to local constituents in making decisions.

2021 and Moving Forward

  1. Will Senator O'Scanlon run for re-election in November 2021?
  2. Will O'Scanlon run for Governor? Spoiler Alert - his answer is not what you may expect...

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